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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Perils of Voting

posted by on October 1 at 14:27 PM

Voting in Seattle is dangerous! So dangerous, in fact, that the city is stepping in to hold a voter-registration conclave this Saturday in the relative shelter of City Hall. October 4—one month prior to the general election—marks the registration cut-off. City Council Member Bruce Harrell said in a statement today that Seattleites know the challenges that “prevent youth from engaging in the election process.” He has vowed to provide those youth “a fun, safe environment to assist with voter registration while finding solutions to barriers that may keep young people from ages 18 to 25 from voting.”

Jonah, across the office from where I sit, is a 25-year-old youth, and I’d hate to see him hurt. So as a 31-year-old infant, I share Harrell’s concerns. A pitfall lurks under every voter-registration card. Cardstock ballots cause papercuts. Chads may punch back. Pens really are mightier than the sword. So watch your back, doe-eyed voters and 70-year-old toddlers, and head down to city Hall this Saturday between 1 p.m. and 4p.m. … if you dare.

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jonah is 25? i would never have guessed! he wears his years so well.

Posted by scary tyler moore | October 1, 2008 2:30 PM

If there was free beer at a polling place youth would be all over it.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 1, 2008 2:32 PM

I voted when I was 18 and lived to tell the tale. I have had a persistent hangnail for the last JESUS CHRIST that's a lot of years, though.

Posted by Fnarf | October 1, 2008 2:33 PM

It can be dangerous. After being exposed to elementary school kids, those elderly poll workers can get kind of testy.

Posted by Mike in Renton | October 1, 2008 2:44 PM

I thought Jonah was at least 30.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 1, 2008 3:03 PM

I thought he was 14. I'm starting to lose perspective here.

Posted by Fnarf | October 1, 2008 3:27 PM

But THE GERMS! People have TOUCHED those booths!

Posted by Greg | October 1, 2008 3:28 PM


But, avoids any productive work (like budget, bags, tent cities, or garage door sizes)

By the way, a REAL efforts started six months ago might have yielded real results, duh

Posted by Ida | October 1, 2008 6:40 PM

So is that why every copy of The Stranger has a voter registration form wrapped around it this week?

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 1, 2008 10:08 PM

Wow, way to go out on a limb there, Bruce.

By and large, the only impediment to young people voting in Seattle is their own indifference and/or ignorance, which really is a pity, because if they actually did vote corporate-friendly empty suits like Harrell might not run our City Council.

Posted by I'd like extra banal with that | October 2, 2008 12:12 AM

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